Voters reward Boris but what about the fog of Brexit Newspeak?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2021


/ LANGUAGE The May 6 elections in England showed something interesting. People want to be team-players. In a pandemic, they want to support their government, particularly when it has tried to do what it can to keep them safe. Accordingly, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party gained approbation — and votes — because its government overcame its … Continue reading “Voters reward Boris but what about the fog of Brexit Newspeak?”

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The age of trade blocs? No, probably just Trump-blocks

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2019


Change is the only reliable constant and so it is with global trade. For more than 70 years, the international trading system has operated by the rules laid out by “most-favored nation” (MFN) status. This means that if a country grants certain concessionary terms of trade to one country, it must do so to all. It’s … Continue reading “The age of trade blocs? No, probably just Trump-blocks”

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An obscure economic theorem can help understand the opposition to trade deals

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2016


One way to understand some of the angst about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is as follows: the Stolper-Samuelson theorem on the relationship between trade and wages. (Click here for a rather good explainer of the concept by The Economist.     Or just read on. All will be explained.) Wolfgang Stolper and Paul Samuelson were Harvard … Continue reading “An obscure economic theorem can help understand the opposition to trade deals”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK